Skimo Co

Ski Trab Gara Titan Brake Binding

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Ski Trab calls the Gara Titan “the binding used by champions” and we tend to agree. This tour de force draws from a number of design features at the cutting edge of skimo race rigs, starting with an ultra-reliable titanium toe spring that resists snow buildup. Each toe wing flexes independently in response to twisting boot movement, providing unparalleled elastic retention among bindings in the vicinity of 100 grams. Now that high-level skimo races are beginning to require ski brakes, the “Stopper” version of the Gara Titan is a real contender for the best overall race binding among top-level competitors. To enter uphill mode, a swipe of the brake unit retracts the brake arms and acts as a platform for the boot heel, no riser needed. When you’re ready to rip skins, accessing downhill mode is as easy as popping the brakes out of the way to expose the heel pins.

By removing the need to deploy a heel flap, the brake system is an ingenious way to streamline transitions in skimo races where hypoxic athletes can use all the help they can get. In addition, the use of a roller ball helps prevent the brake from interfering with step-in as compared to competing heel brakes. Finally, vertical release settings are selectable with the choice of various u-springs at the heel, making this binding a solid choice for a broader range of skiers. It’s safe to say that this binding will be a fixture at the top of podiums within the next couple of seasons. We invite you to join the Trab fest with the Ski Trab Gara Titan Brake Binding!

  • Grooved toe pins clear snow out of boot inserts while you skin.
  • Brakes satisfy ISMF skimo race requirements and should stop a ski.
  • Titanium toe rod offers powerful and reliable elastic clamping action.
  • 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 heel springs improve choice for racers of different weights.
  • Included crampon receptor (+4g) can be mounted for adventure usage.
  • Included leash loop (+2g) can also be mounted if you decide to also use leashes.

Please note: these bindings are not compatible with Trab's race adjustment plates, only the wider Vario plates.

convert to ounces
154g [Titanium]
161g [Steel 4.5]
Weight (pair) 308g [Titanium]
322g [Steel 4.5]
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes (mm)   65
BSL Adjustment   Accessory plates
Riser Heights   1
Vertical Release   Fixed
Lateral Release   Fixed
Crampon Ready   Included Option
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Ergal aluminum, titanium/steel, high-strength plastic
Skimo Co Says
Usage Racing
Notes Simple to use brake
Bottom Line Simple, strong binding with brakes to meet ISMF regulations
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Questions & Reviews

CDB (used product regularly)
Very happy with these. I’ve grown to love the reverse spring toe piece. The brake barely clears my Race Pro 71s and occasionally catches on one ski but otherwise they’re perfect. I wish they came in more brake widths.
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Question from Karl
1. Do these work with heel adjustment plates? If so, are any specific ones required (e.g. Hagan)? Or will any 25 mm wide rails do ( e.g. Kreuzspitze Universal)?

2. Is the brake binding exactly the same as the non-brake one + the brake? I mean, can the brakes be removed and the result will be the original non-brake heel piece?

Dreaming a new ski setup here. I don't really desire the brakes but would like it to be future-proof in case the brakes requirement makes it to the "citizen racing".

Answer from jbo
Hi Karl, adjustment plates have not been available to date for this binding but that will change in the near future. The braked version does not come with a heel flap (which you need to remove if you're adding a brake) so the transition between the two models is not straightforward. Plum has the easiest system for taking a brake on and off as it just screws into the crampon receptor.
Answer from Karl
Thanks for the info, jbo. I was wandering about the pin flap. The thing is, I've had some mixed experience with Plum and I really like the Trab toe piece. And as said, I don't care much about the brakes at this point. I'll most likely just go with the no-brake version and add brakes in the future if it becomes a necessity.
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Question from Jeff
Hey I was wondering if these old ski trab bindings will have the same hole pattern as these gara titan
Answer from jbo
Hi Jeff, that is the TR-Race binding, and yes, the hole pattern is the same for the Gara Titans (assuming you have the fixed mount version and not adjustable heel).
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Question from Mark E
What's the difference between the titanium and steel heel springs? Can you provide any sort of guidance on DIN to heel piece crosswalk (obviously, these are not ISO DIN certified...just looking for some indication of which heel piece might be best for me), e.g. if I like skiing a DIN 10 binding, which heel piece might be best for me?
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Mark, the Titanium springs are a tad lighter. For release value, Trab generally ascribes values of 8/10/12 to the 4/4.5/5 respectively. The Ti typically tests between the 4.5mm and 5mm spring in forward release.

For you, Steel 4.5mm is the closest to a 10 release value.
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Model: Gara Titan with brakes

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